Size effects in manufacturing of metallic components

F. Vollertsen, D. Biermann, H. N. Hansen, I. S. Jawahir, K. Kuzman

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In manufacturing of metallic components, the size of the part plays an important role for the process behaviour. This is due to so called size effects, which lead to changes in the process behaviour even if the relationship between the main geometrical features is kept constant. The aim of this paper is to give a systematic review on such effects and their potential use or remedy. First, the typology of size effects will be explained, followed by a description of size effects on strength and tribology. The last three sections describe size effects on formability, forming processes and cutting processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-587
Number of pages22
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

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Funding Information:
Furthermore, special thanks are devoted to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for financial support of many of the reported work, especially within the SPP 1138 and Dr.-Ing. Zhenyu Hu for the preparation of the initial literature survey.


  • Forming
  • Machining
  • Size effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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